Ben Coomber, nutritionist, speaker and writer, advises on getting fit for the New Year

The most common New Year’s Resolution, by a mile, is an iteration of ‘I want to get in shape’. That’s awesome, but we all know how hard it can be to actually do it.

Of course, where a lot of you may start is to consider joining a gym, which is a really good idea on paper. Joining a gym allows you to use both cardiovascular and resistance training equipment to get the best of both worlds and truly improve your health and your body composition.

Resistance training will improve bone density so you’re far less likely to fall victim to osteoporosis as you age; it will improve muscle tone which not only makes you look and feel better in (and out of) clothes but will also keep you strong. Add to this some good quality cardiovascular training on the rowing machine or bike and you can bulletproof your heart and lungs, keeping you healthier for years to come!

But what if the gym isn’t for you? If you’re not keen on the idea of joining a gym or health club, there are still loads of options for you to get active and be healthy. All over Suffolk there are awesome boot camp style group training sessions outdoors which let you meet new people and have fun while you work out! Enjoying exercise is important, especially during the winter months when all you really want to do is curl up with a gingerbread latte and a book.

Being active during the winter months will give you a real head start on the ‘summer body’ rush, and when you feel amazing in a summer dress, or you catch yourself smiling at your reflection when you put on your swimming shorts, the hard work will all be worthwhile.

And if the idea of doing push ups in a field sounds more like torture than a fun morning wake up to you, why not start smaller? The Suffolk countryside has some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, and the cycling trails are there begging to be used. Why not plan an epic bike ride at the weekends, getting the whole family involved for some fresh air and quality bonding time? You could even have a look at one of the many park runs we have if you don’t like the idea of a bootcamp but still want to get outside.

All in all, being active in everything you do is beneficial. Activity, not exercise, is the key to health, longevity and inner happiness, so why not try these five tips (below) in the next few months and make this the year that you own your New Near’s resolution and start on the journey to health?

1. Plan outdoors family activities, including walking and biking. Hike to somewhere nice and have a winter BBQ!

2. Sign up to a bootcamp or a park run, or any other organised group activity where you’ll have a support network of other people becoming more awesome.

3. Buy a pedometer, or use that FitBit someone got for Christmas and isn’t using, and hit your 10,000 steps.

4. Take advantage of a local health club. They almost always have New Year’s deals.

5. Just be more active, day-to-day. It doesn’t have to be ‘exercise’ to be good for you. Gardening is much better than sitting on the sofa!

About Ben Coomber

I’m a performance nutritionist, educator, speaker, and writer. I inspire people, like you, to take charge of their health and nutrition, and empower you with information to make that change. I truly believe it’s the most powerful journey we go on in our lives. I do this via my podcast, the #1 heath & fitness podcast in the UK, through video, my blogs, ramblings on Facebook, and through my various books & tutorials.

I also teach personal trainers and coaches how to be the best nutrition coach possible. I do this via The Body Type Nutrition Academy, an online nutrition education program lasting 12-24 months. I do lots in the fitness world, but I won’t bore you with that now. You may have seen me in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Train, or one of the many places I write for, if not, however you found my work, welcome, I hope I inspire you to take the next step in your nutrition, health, or fitness journey…